Thursday, March 31, 2016

Washi Banner

This is the  last card we made at the washi tape class last weekend.  Again, it came together pretty quickly, and the washi tape banner adds great pattern and color.

Card base:  Daffodil Delight
Layer: Pear Pizzazz
Card front:  Whisper White

Again, I scored all four sides of the card front using the Simply Score Board.  I stamped the banner from the You're So Sweet stamp set in Real Red directly onto the card base.  Then I stamped it a second time in Daffodil Delight on a scrap piece of paper, and die cut it out using the banner that is in the Mini Treat Bag die set (the stamp and die set are available as a bundle!).  It is attached using Stampin' Dimensionals for some dimension.

I used a piece of Pear Pizzazz baker's twine to hold the banners.  The banners were made by adhering washi tape  to some Whisper White scraps and punching them out with the  banner punch.  They are popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.

So super quick and easy.  I thought the bright colors were perfect for the beginning of spring!

Well, I hope that you have been inspired to take your washi tape out of storage and use it on some projects!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

One Design, Two Different Cards

When I was designing the second card for last weekend's washi tape class, I came up with two cards with the same design.  One is feminine, and the other is masculine.  Both cards were quick to put together and looked like they took more effort than they really did!

For both cards, I added some texture to the front of the card by simply scoring six straight lines beginning 1/4" from the top of the card and 1/4" from the bottom of the card.  Both cards have the same four strips of washi tape in the center, and both cards have the same sentiment from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.

This is the feminine version  I added femininity by punching a butterfly from a piece of scrap of  Blushing Bride and then punching that out with a circle.  I added tiny black rhinestones for a bit more bling.  The card base is Basic Black, as is the sentiment.

This is the masculine version.  The card base is Basic Gray and the sentiment is also stamped in Basic Gray.

The design of the cards is exactly the same, but with a change of color and the addition of the pop of pink  on one, they have completely different feels.

One design . . . two different cards!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pretty Present

Do you love washi  tape?  Well, I have accumulated a nice collection, but I don't seem to use it much.  What to do?  What to do?  Well . . . have a class to use some of it up, and that's just what I did last weekend.  We made three great cards using washi tape, and I think I'll be using more of my collection more often.

This is the first one we made.  It is nice and simple (inspired from Pinterest).

To  make the present, I cut a piece of white scrap paper in a 2 1/4" square.  I chose four coordinating rolls of washi tape and placed them side by side on the scrap paper.  Two things I learned:  1.  be sure to use white scrap paper as your  base because the washi is very transparent and colored paper will skew the colors of the tape; 2.  be sure to butt the tape right up the each other but do not overlap.  If it's overlapped, you will see the overlap because the tape is so transparent.  I'm not sure what the name of the washi tapes are because I didn't keep the rolls together in the set..  I did, however use my trusty label maker (!!) and made a label of the primary  color of the tape and put it on the inside of the roll.  

Before I attached the package onto the card front, I scored the edges of the paper using my score  board.  The score lines are made at 1/8, 1/4, 3/8.  The sentiment is from  the "Remembering Your Birthdday" set.  The card base is Calypso Coral, the card front is Very Vanilla, the sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral, and the bow is tied with Lost Lagoon ribbon.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Birthday ATC

I made this ATC for the birthday girl in our group of swappers in the ATC swap at

I chose to do a stacked ice cream cone instead of a birthday cake for this one.  The base is Melon Manbo.  The ice cream cone is from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, and the different flavors were punched using the Tree Builder punch.  The cone is Crumb Cake stamped on Crumb Cake.  The flavors are: Melon Mambo on Melon Mambo for the strawberry; Sahara Sand on Very Vanilla for the Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip on Chocolate Chip.  The sentiment is also from the Sprinkles of Life  set -- Melon Mambo on Very Vanilla mounted on Chocolate Chip.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Banners set (retired)  Melon Mambo on Whisper White, die cut using the Itty Banners thinlit.  I added some Dazzlin' Details for some sparkle and shine.  Happy Birthday!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Shabby Chic ATC

Another category of this month's ATC swap at was to use a punch.  This ATC is a variation of one of the cards we made at my card class last week.  I loved the design in the card so much that I decided to make an ATC very similar to it.

The base of the ATC is Soft Suede.  The ATC is Pink Pirouette.  I stamped images from the new Timeless Textures stamp set from the 2016 Occasions catalog (I just LOVE that set!).  The images are stamped with  Soft Suede.  The butterfly is from stamp set Papillon Potpouri.  I stamped it with Soft Suede on Pink Pirouette and punched it out using the Bitty Butterfly punch.  The ribbon is Very Vanilla seam binding.  I added tiny pearls for a little bit of added texture and femininity. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Flies in the Sky ATC

One of the other categories for this month's ATC swap over at was "Flies in the Skies'. This was open to our own interpretation.  Of course, I decided to use the Sky is the Limit stamp set for this one!

The base of the ATC is Whisper White.  I punched out a circle to make a mask for the sun.  The sun is Crushed Curry  The sunset sky is a mixture of Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and a touch of Cajun Craze.  I sponged the edge of the ATC with Calypso coral.  The trees are from the Lovely as a Tree set, sponged in Mossy Meadow.  The plane was stamped using Versamark ink and embossed with black embossing powder.  I colored the plane in with Basic Gray Stampin' Write marker.  The propeller of the plane is punched from a piece of vellum and attaced with a gray brad.  The plane is attached to the ATC with Stamin' Dimensionals for  a little bit of dimension.

(I die cut the plane with a thinlit I got from Dave the Die Guy who makes dies for Stampin' Up! stamps sets for which SU doesn't have coordinating dies. If you would like his contact info, please email me.)

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Treats

I had  planned to post another ATC for this month's ATC swap today, but I decided instead to post these Easter treats I made for my grand nieces and grand nephew.  I  found a video tutorial for the treats on Pinterest.

I chose to make them using the retired 2012-2014 In Colors because I think those colors are perfect spring/Easter colors!  I used Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding.  I've listed the supplies at the end of all the pictures.

Here they are all lined up and filled only with filler paper:

This  one is in Crisp Cantaloupe: 

This one is in Coastal Cabana: 

This one is in Pistachio Pudding: 

This one is in Strawberry Slush: 

I  put them in tall cello  bags and tied a piece of white ribbon at the top.  I put a little bag of chocolate eggs and a bunny chocolate bar in each one. 

Die:   Fry Box
 - Eyes: 3/4" circle for the outside; 1/2" circle or the inner eye
 - Cheeks: 1"circle with sponge dab of Pink Pirouette.  Also three tiny dots with Basic Black marker
 - Nose: Heart from the Tiny Accents set
 - Ears: Extra Large Oval for the outside; Large Oval for the inside
 - Bow: Bow  Builder
Whiskers:  Very Vanilla Thick Bakers Twine

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter ATCs

Happy 1st Day of Spring!  Although the weather forecast is for 4-7 inches of snow tomorrow here in Mass., I am hopeful that spring is going to arrive any day now!

I join a monthly ATC swap over at and post them on the 20th of each month. Well, I think I got a bit carried away this month.  Instead of entering one category, I entered all three, and even made two sets for one of them.  On top of that, the group of swappers had a birthday girl in it, so I made one for her as well.

One of the categories this month was "Easter".  I chose to make a set of religious Easter ATC as well as a set of commercial Easter.

The background for this ATC is Elegant Eggplant.  The base is Whisper  White sponged with Soft Sky and Garden Green for the sky and the grass. Forth cross, I stamped a piece of Crumb  Cake with Soft Sued using the Hardwood background stamp.  The purple "cloth" is a piece of Wisteria Wonder seam binding.  The sentiment is from the Circle of  Spring stamp set, stamped in Soft Suede.

This cute little chick was made using the Owl Builder punch.   His body  is Daffodil Delight, and his feet and beak are Tangerine Tango.  The base of the ATC is Whisper White.  I distressed the edges using a distressing tool. I sponged the sun using Daffodil Delight, the sky with Soft Sky, an the Grass with Garden Green. The sentiment is from the Circle of Spring set stamped in Basic Black, and the ribbon is Daffodil Delight seam binding.

Come on back to see the rest of this month's ATCs!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Masculine Distressed Card

This is the last card we made at the Tim Holtz Meets Stampin Up Class I had last weekend.  It's a CASE from a card I found on Pinterest.  I used all Stampin' Up! products so the elements are different, but I think the cards are VERY similar.

This mine:

This is the card I lifted:

So, what do you think?  Did I succeed in replicating Tim's great card using SU products?   

I hope you enjoyed seeing the cards from the "Tim Holtz Meets Stampin' Up!" class I had.  I am a huge fan of Tim Holtz, but I have mostly SU products since I'm a demo.  I just KNEW there had to be a way to combine my love of both of them, and I think I accomplished that.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla
Ink:Early Espresso, Delightful Dijon
Stamp Sets:  Guy Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Vintage Shabby Card

This is the second card we made at the "Tim Holtz Meets Stampin' Up!" class last weekend.  It was inspired by papers from Tim Holtz's paper stack "Vintage Shabby".

The card base is Crumb Cake.  I randomly stamped the background (Pink Pirouette) with the images from the Timeless Treasures stamp set from the 2016 Occasions catalog.  I love that set and thought it was perfect for this class!  The  backkground was stamped using Crumb Cake.  The butterfly was stamped using the Watercolor Wings set.   It is a three-step stamp -- the first layer is Pink Pirouette, the second is Crumb Cake, and the last is Blushing Bride.   It was die cut using the Bold Butterfly framelits (available as a bundle).  The sentiment is also from the Watercolor Wings set, stamped with Crumb Cake on Pink Pirouette and sponged with Blushing Bride.  It was punched out with the Label Bracket punch and mounted on Crumb Cake, also with the Label Bracket punch.  I added some pearls on the butterfly for some more softness.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Grunge-y Mosaic

Last weekend I held a class that I called "Tim Holtz Meets Stampin' Up!"  The goal was to use SU products and achieve the great grunge look that Tim Holtz (one of my favorite designers) is known for.  We made three cards based on and inspired by Tim's creations and style.  This is the first card we made:

It was inspired by this Tim Holtz tag:

Tim's project used stencils and modeling paste, but I didn't have that so I impovised.  Instead, I made a layer using the Hexagon Hive die.

The card base is Mint Macron.  The next layer is Very Vanilla, lightly sponged with Soft Suede and then stamped using Gorgeous Grunge in Soft Suede.  The next layer is Very Vanilla die cut with the Hexagon Hive die sponged with So Saffron.   Then I randomly sponged the leaves from the Butterfly Basics set using Mint Macron on that layer.  I stamped the small butterfly from the Butterfly Basics set using Mint Macron.  I die cut it out with the coordinating die and then sponged the edged with Hello Honey.  I stamped  a sentiment also in Hello Honey.  Finally, I crinkled up a piece of Wild Wasabi seam binding and tied a bow around the card.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Special Seats at the Rink!

I was given two tickets to the Boston Bruins hockey game that were awesome!  They were in the "Boardroom" -- two levels of overstuffed leather seats with LOTS of food stations with made to order selections, not to mention the sinful desserts and ice cream selections.  I've been a Bruins fan ever since I was a little girl (a LONG time ago), so I was totally stoked to enjoy the game in such a luxurious fashion!  I brought my younger daughter with me.  Truth be told, she isn't a real hockey fan, but she seemed to enjoy herself as well!

The base paper for the layout is Basic Black. I really wanted a printed background, but I didn't have one that worked with the team colors, so I made my own.  I took a piece of Crushed Curry Coredinations paper, and ran my Black  Archival ink pad across it with varying pressure to achieve the patterned look.  I punched out hexagons in both Basic  Black and Daffodil Delight and arranged them around the pictures.  The pictures are mounted on Whisper  White, Basic Black and Daffodil Delight.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

For a Very Special Lady

I made this card for a very special lady just before she went in for knee replacement surgery.  This woman is a kind, caring, gentle, compassionate woman who has helped in so many difficult situations.  This woman is my mother's oncology nurse, Rose.  I thought this design was perfect -- roses for Rose!  Rose will be out of work for a while, and we will certainly miss her as she recuperates!

Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette
Ink:  Pink Pirouette
Stamp Set:  Itty Bitty Banners (retired)
Punch:  Bird Builde
Embossing Folder: Softly Falling
Framelit:  Oval Collection

To make the card front, I embossed a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 Very Vanilla with the Softly Falling folder.  I then ran a piece of scrap paper through the Big Shot  using two oval framelits.  I placed the larger outside oal with the cutting blade down to cut the oval and a smaller oval on the inside with the cutting blade facing up.  I used a silicone mat so that the blade would emboss rather than cut.

To make the roses, I punched out three of the bird wings from the bird builder punch, sponged them, and then layered them to resemble a rose.

I just love this card and was so happy that Rose did too!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

February Customer Thank You Cards

These are my February Customer Thank You cards.  They came together very quickly, which is what you aim for when you're making cards in quantity.  The cutting and scoring took the longest time!   The base is Marina Mist, and the front is Whisper White.  The background is from the Work of Art set, and the sentiment is from Another Thank You, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

Cards with a clean and simple design like this one are quick to put together and have on hand to send as needed.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

March Inspiration Projects - Bordering Blooms

This month’s inspiration comes from an often overlooked stamp set – Bordering Bloom. This set has so many possibilities, but in the interest of time and space, I will only be posting three.  The set has four borders that can be made into so many more!

Be sure to click on the downloadable instructions at the end of this post!

The first card is a sympathy card. I find that making sympathy cards is never easy, and I think that the soft, subtle colors are comforting.  I chose to go with a semi-monochromatic color scheme.

Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Bordering Blooms, Something to Say, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder
Punch:  Itty Bitty Accents
Ribbon:  Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Jewels


The next card is thank you card.  This one is actually a CASE from the 2014-2015  SU catalog.  I just thought the design was fantastic.  It appeared in the catalog in a blue/brown combo, but I decided to do a pink/brown combo because I just love the look of pink and brown!

Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Bordering Blooms, Another Thank You
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso

The last card is another thank you card.  For this one, I used the 2014-2016 In Colors because  I think they are great, and I’m really going to miss them when they retire in a few months!  I’m not really big on coloring,  but I chose to color these flowers in to bring some added color to the card.

Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Bordering Blooms, Wetlands
Ink:  Marina Mist, Tuxedo Black Memento
Stampin Markers:  2014-2016 In Colors – Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s inspiration projects.

Click here for the downloadable instructions.

Be sure to check back next month for some more projects!

Happy Stampin’!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Pleated Skirt Card

This is the last card we made at the DSP  class last weekend.  Although the pleat looks complicated, it actually wasn't at all.  (**A fellow demo (Pam Berry of Cards by Pam) recently shared some instructions on how to make this vertically with many more pleats.  I'll be making one of those REAL soon, so be sure to check that out soon!)

The card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) is Soft Sky.  I cut a second piece of Soft Sky in the same size and embossed it with the Modern Mosaic folder.  The "ribbon" is Calypso Coral, as is the scalloped oval.  The large oval is Very Vanilla.  The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set. The DSP is the retired Everyday Enchantment.

To make the skirt:  cut a piece of DSP 2 x 12.  With the paper horizontal on the score board, score at 4, 4 3/4, 6 1/4, 7, 8 1/2, and 9 1/4.  Keeping the paper horizontal, make a tick mark on the bottom of the paper at 4.  Make another tick mark along the right side 1" down from the top.  Connect the two lines and cut, making a diagonal cut.  Pleat on the folds.  After you affix it to the card front, trim any excess.  Isn't that simple???

DSP:  Everyday Enchantment (retired)
Stamp Set;  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Embossing Folder:  Modern Mosaic
Embellishments:  Pearls

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

This is another card we made at the DSP class last week.  I just love the way this one came out and it was so super easy!

The card base is Old Olive (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).  The top part of the front is Very Vanilla (1 1/2 x 5 1/4), the bottom portion is from the Pretty Petals Pack (2 1/2 x 5 1/4).  The "ribbon" is a piece of Old Olive (1/4 x 5 1/4), and the bow was made with the Bow Builder punch.  The sentiment is from Circle of Spring stamped in Calypso Coral.  Such a pretty card made really quickly  and almost effortlessly!

Cardstock:  Old Olive, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Pretty Petals
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Punch: Bow Builder

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sending Wishes

Last Saturday I held a class on making quick cards with DSP.  DSP is a quick way to add a lot of color and design to a card when you don't have time to make your own background.  Here's the first card we made:

The card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) is Calypso Coral; the next layer is Old Olive, embossed with the brick wall folder (4 x 5 1/4). The next layer is Basic Black (3 1/8 x 4 5/8), and the patterned paper is from the Pretty Petals pack (3 x 4).  The sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics set stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink, and punched out using the Note Tag punch in Calypso Coral.  How easy was that?  

At first I wasn't going to emboss the Olive Green layer, but then I thought that the flowers would look really good "climbing" up the brick wall.  I'm glad I went that way because I love the extra texture on the card.  Which way would you have gone with it???

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Bloggin' Friends Blog Hop

Welcome back to another great month of the Bloggin' Friends Blog Hop!  This month's theme was "Show Me Your Craft Space".  I just LOVE looking at other crafters' spaces (in hopes of finding some great ideas or inspiration).

My space is in my unfinished basement.  The outer walls are cement, and (unfortunately) one rather large part of the wall holds the "nuts and bolts" of our house -- electrical panel, sprinkler controls, central vac unit, etc. -- and that is pretty unattractive, but I still totally enjoy my "me time" spent down there.  The "walls" are hung fabric and I'm able to quickly change out the colors when I need a change.   One of these days we'll get around to finishing off the room, but for the time being, I'll continue to enjoy spending as much time as I possibly can in my space.

This is my very first ever video.   I encountered some obstacles, and after many "takes" this is the final product.  The volume can't go real high, but if you use earphones, it's louder!  I've also included pictures in case  you can't view the video.  I'd LOVE some feedback on my video!

This is a view of the main part of my "stuff" from the entryway along the first wall.

This is the first "station".  It houses all my die cutting and embossing supplies.  Inside the cabinet I store my Big Shot, Texture Boutique, Sidekick, a container of my embossing folders, a container of my thinlits/framelits, and all the supplies that are needed for that -- platform, magnetic  plate, plastic plates, etc.  This way, when I need to die cut or emboss, everything I need is right there.   I have my Cricut on top of the cabinet -- it's the original Cricut Create.  I almost never use it, so I saw no need to upgrade to the more fancy bells and whistles model.  The shelf above the cabinet showcases some favors I've made for parties as well as some things others have made for me.


This is my desk area.  The desk top was custom cut at Home Depot.  It's 6 feet x 2 1/2 feet.  The sides of the desk are made by stacking four Recollection cubes -- two opening in the front (on both the right and left sides) and two opening on the sides in the back.  Those two house supplies I don't need to get at too often.  On the left side, I have all my adhesives, bling, embellishments, etc.  On the right I  have all my sponge daubers, embossing powders, Tim Holtz inks, and ATC supplies.

Along the wall, to the right is a bulletin board and a holder with all my Spectrum Noir stuff.  Then I have a box with my scraps all organized by color.  I LOVE that sorter!  In the center of the desk, I have all my punches, and to the right, I have my ink carousels on the desk and all my stamp sets on the wall.

This wall houses all my paper (well, not really ALL of it, because there's always paper floating around in other spots because I just have WAY TOO MUCH paper).  It also has my ribbons, projects in progress, and completed cards.

Next is my electric fireplace because New England winters can be pretty cold!!  My television and computer are next to that under a window that lets in a lot of light.

Not pictured is another desk with my laptop and paperwork followed by a couch and two end tables.  Along the last wall I have a bookshelf with all of my scrapbooks.  I'm in the middle of a reorganization of those.  When I first started scrapping (many, many years ago), I bought some albums that weren't the best quality and now they're beginning to fall apart so I'm slowly replacing them.

Last up is my file cabinet of paper.  I have all of my SU 8 1/2 x 11 card stock filed in here by color collection in hanging file folders.  The left side has the Brights, Subtles, and Regals.  The right side has the Neutrals and both current In-Color sets.

That's my space. . . I hope you'e enjoyed checking it out, and I hope you will hop on over to all of the other blogs to see the other great spaces where "creativity happens"!